Japan’s Metabo Law
Japan is a paradise for foodies, but have you ever seen an obese Japanese aside from Sumo wrestlers? We doubt it. Japan boasts one of the lowest obesity rates in the world. Thanks to its traditional diet rich in vegetables, fish, and rice, as well as their love for walking, Japanese people find it easy to maintain their normal weight despite the obesity epidemic in the west. Adding to their healthy diet and penchant for staying active is the Metabo law.
The Metabo Law was introduced in 2008 by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. This law requires women and men aged 40 to 74 to have their waistlines measured every year. The expected results are shocking – 35.4 inches for women, and 33.5 inches for men. Although this law is mandated by the government, it won’t land you in jail. Companies will give weight-loss classes to their overweight employees.